U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Geothermal Technologies Office
Geothermal Power Plants Moving Ahead in Idaho and Utah
December 14, 2005
Two new contracts bode well for geothermal power development and will
likely result in a new 10-megawatt geothermal plant located in
south-central Idaho and a new 42-megawatt plant in southwest Utah.
In Idaho, U.S. Geothermal has entered into a contract with Ormat
Nevada, Inc. for the engineering, procurement, and construction of its
first 10-megawatt geothermal power plant at Raft River, with an option
to build two more plants at the site. U.S. Geothermal has signed power
purchase contracts with the Idaho Power Company for three 10-megawatt
geothermal power plants. Ormat Nevada is a subsidiary of Ormat
Technologies Inc., which has over three decades of experience in the
design, engineering, manufacturing, construction, and operation of
geothermal power plants. See the U.S. Geothermal press release (PDF 20 KB). Download Adobe Reader.
In Utah, PacifiCorp signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for all
the power produced by a 42-megawatt geothermal power plant that will
be located near Cove Fort, Utah. Amp Resources LLC will develop, own,
and operate the project and plans to have it online in 2007. The Cove
Fort project was selected as part of a PacifiCorp request for
proposals, issued in February 2004 with the aim of acquiring up to
1,100 megawatts of cost effective renewable resources. See the
PacifiCorp press release.